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Leader of Calif. Gay Rights Group to Step Down

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SAN FRANCISCO – The leader of California’s largest gay rights group is leaving his post after only a few months on the job.

Equality California announced Monday that Executive Director Roland Palencia will step down on Friday.

Palencia’s decision comes less than a week after the group said it would not lead a campaign in 2012 to overturn Proposition 8, the state’s voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages.

Palencia said last week that recent polls show voters are still divided on Prop. 8 and that the timing is not right to undertake a risky and expensive ballot fight.

Proposition 8 passed with 52 percent of the vote in November 2008.

Palencia was selected to replace former director Geoff Kors in May.

The group says it will announce a transition plan later this week.

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